I saw an article yesterday on how to stay safe on black Friday. Meaning how to not get trampled to death at Wal-Mart and how to not get mugged walking from your car to the mall. Merry Christmas! Really?
Quick – grab a piece of paper and a pen. At the top of the paper, write “2012” and draw a line under it. Now try to list the Christmas presents that you bought last year and who they were for. Ready? GO!
Granted, I have a TERRIBLE memory, but I’m embarrassed to say that I could only remember a few things. The gifts that I remember are the ones that I knew were the perfect gifts…a telescope for my oldest son that I spent hours researching to find an affordable one that wasn’t junk…a bigger computer monitor for my younger son that is a gamer.
The small things – the “fill-in” gifts that I thought were so important – well let’s just say that I could have passed. There’s the game that hasn’t been played, the tie clip that hasn’t been worn… good ideas in theory but not necessary.
I know that the research will take a good bit of time, but think of all the time I’ll save shopping this year – not to mention the money! And on black Friday, I’m sleeping in!
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Great post! This year, I’ve decided to try and stay away from buying those cutesy little knick-knacks that I think are just perfect for someone. If it’s not on my list, it’s not being bought.
Those get me every year and the eighty percent off clearance items!
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